This page is for the Greater LA Area. San Diego and Santa Cruz has their own pages and the general California Page is for Northern California including San Francisco
Hanging at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
San Diego has its own page now.
Notice anything outdated or missing? Please email me at evan @ Trashytravel.com Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Forever Cemetery- one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. : 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 469-1181 Burial place of Dee Dee Ramone, Vampira, Rudolph Valentino, Johnny Ramone, Judy Garland, Mel Blanc, Peter Lorre,and tons more.
Velveteria- dedicated to velvet paintings. 711 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (626) 714-8545-Not far from Chinatown too.
For Music Listings, the west coaster Trashy Traveler is Mr. Hollywood. The Local Alternative Weeklies for Los Angeles are the LA WEEKLY and The LA New Times. The New Times is quite useless. There is also the Campus Circle. The Orange County Area has the OC Weekly. Goth Events here.
Find out about free booze at
My open bar. Cool event listings at Flavorpill. As far as LA…
The quest for the ultimate taco can be found at THE GREAT TACO HUNT
Find some old, one of a kind venues at LA Time Machines.
When in town, check for performances by the sketch comedy troupe the Naked Apes.
a few time machine bars listed here.
Café-Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90016 323.931.4636 Home to soul, mod and ska parties
The No Name bar was in the movie Swingers. The tiny joint that you have to walk down an alley and go in an unmarked door. Fairly small, VERY dark and you can smoke. (editors note: This is old and may not be true anymore)
Good Times at Davey Wayne’s – ’70s retro bar with era-appropriate decor: 1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 most days · 2PM–2AM (323) 962-3804
HMS Bounty -Kitschy Nautical themed bar 3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 385-7275
Idle Hour-Fancy cocktail lounge in a Barrel shaped building. Better get there when they open as it gets crowded 4824 Vineland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91601 daily til 2AM (818) 980-5604
The Formosa Cafe. It was in the LA Confidential “Lana Turner” scene. Two bars, old school Hollywood with lots of hot chicks. Outside roof bar. Good martinis.
The Prince -Korean-style fried chicken served at a dark velvet wallpaper leather booth joint with horseshoe bar. Finger licking good 3198 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 most days · 4PM–2AM : (213) 389-1586
RED LION TAVERN; 2366 GLENDALE BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90039
Hours: 11am-2am every day Oldest German bar/restaurant in LA
Sunset Trocadero Lounge-Hot spot of the moment you can actually get into.-8280 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA on the Sunset Strip. (323) 656-7161
The Varnish – speakeasy hidden behind Cole’s bar. 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 265-7089
LA AREA TIKI BARS
Tiki-Ti-Tiki bar serving all kinds of tiki drinks. Might want to check the website before you go to find out what you want.4427 Sunset Blvd.Hollywood (Los Angeles), California 90027 (323) 669-9381, (recording during non-operating hours) Call first as they go on long vacations. historic Hollywood tiki founded in 1961.
Don the Beachcomber-considered the country’s first tiki bar, and creator of the Zombie.
16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Trader Sams-1150 Magic Way, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, (714) 781-3463
The Purple Orchid-Near LAX in El Segundo. With Occasional bands and Burlesque- 221 Richmond Street in El Segundo
Tiki No-opened in 2010-4657 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, (818) 766-0116
Trader Vic’s-One of a mini chain. The one in Oakland claims to have invented the Mai Tai. at The Beverly Hilton is located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, (310) 274-7777
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge-since 1958, happy hour everyday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with $3 well drinks and shots, and $2 Miller Lite and PBRs. Surf Rock DJs on Sundays-12808 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, (818) 769-0708
Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill-4311 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 729-0805 Venue with weekly swing dance lessons
Apple Pan-Old fashioned Burger joint and fresh pies- 10801 W Pico Blvd ,Los Angeles, CA–TT-though a classic, was not my fave.
The Addiction Bistro…Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sausage, Chili …408 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048
(323) 203-1793 Formerly known as chili addiction
Pinks Hot Dogs-709 N. LaBrea Blvd., Hollywood, CA 323-931-4223-In the land of health food, the chili dog is king. Looong Lines.
Clifton’s Cafeteria-648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, (213) 627-1673-old timey cafeteria with waterfalls inside and such.
Phillipes-1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, Home of the original french dip sandwich in roast pork, roast beef and roast lamb. Mmm.
Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet – another contender for original french dip but this is much more plush has classic cocktails, plus hidden speakeasy in back.
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014: Most days til midnight, weekends 11AM–2AM · (213) 622-4090
Clementine-1567 Barry Avenue off Santa Monica Blvd. 310-552-1080. Soups, sandwiches, homemade baked goods like ginger snaps. They even have hot chocolate made with HOMEMADE marshmallows.
Bahooka, 501 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA, 818-285-1241. Another Tiki Bar with a polynesian restaurant.
Mels Drive in– Multiple locations of this 24 hour diner with classic food
Randys Donuts-the big giant famous donut-310.645.4707, 805 West Manchester Avenue , Inglewood CA 90301, near the airport
Stans Donuts-gourmet donut shop in westwood. Seen on food network. original store in Westwood Village, 10948 Weyburn Avenue. (310) 208-8660
Pantry Cafe the Original-877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017-2507
(213) 972-9279 Diner open 24/7 always. no locks on the doors
Langers Deli-Pastrami, Corned beef mega old timey deli restaurant.on the southwest corner of 7th and Alvarado Streets, diagonally across from MacArthur Park
Canter’s Delicatessen and Restaurant, 24/7 -419 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036 (323) 651-2030 Canter’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and on all holidays except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Kibbitz Room Lounge is open from 10:00am-1:40am daily. They also have a location in Las Vegas
Tokyo Fried Chicken Co. -Modern fast-food joint with Japanese fried chicken 122 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754 (626) 282-9829
The Hat, World Famous Pastrami-Specializing in pastrami sandwiches locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties. 1 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-0140 Try a pastrami topped burger or a tamale
Jim’s Burgers – 1901 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (323) 266-3886-burgers, pastrami, tacos. Signs probably better than the food but pic worthy.
Cassell’s Hamburgers -old Burger joint that moved and its now in the Hotel Normandie : 3600 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 Most days 7 am to 11, weekends· 7AM–2AM (213) 387-5502
Carneys Studio City, 12601 Ventura Blvd. ,Studio City, CA 91604 818-761-8300-Chili Dogs and Chili Burgers in a railcar. Theres a second location but why would you want to not eat in a railcar?
Marty’s Hamburger Stand-10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 836-6944 Chili Cheeseburgers, home of the Combos, combo burger, meaning burger patty AND hot dog
Pann’s Restaurant -Classic 1950s coffee shop. In a ton of movies. 6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (323) 776-3770 odd hours. Well known open face turkey sandwich.
Tommys Chili Burgers-2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA and other locations. (213) 389-9060 Chili burgers, chili cheese fries and tamales since the 40s
Los Angeles, CA 91423 they make 23 at last count types of brats and crazy tater tots
“Johnny’s Pastrami. on Adams”. also known as Johnny’s Hot Dog Stand-4331 W Adams Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90018
Musso and Frank Grill -6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 467-7788 old fashioned fancy steak joint. First timers should request the “new” side circa 50s. A specialty is the “ground beef sandwich”
Nate’n Al Delicatessen -landmark deli with house rye, corned beef & pastrami.
414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 7 days · 7AM–9PM (310) 274-0101
King Torta -4521 Valley Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 222-7006-Counter serve mexican with a well known Al Pastor Torta.
Pacific Dining Car-24 hour steakhouse! In Downtown Los Angeles 1310 West 6th Street , Los Angeles, CA 90017-not cheap. Not even close to cheap. In an old dining car though.
Yang Chow Restaurant-with three locations throughout Southern California, 819 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 625-0811 famous for their slippery shrimp.
Taix French Restaurant -French Restaurant Family-owned since 1927 1911 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 484-1265-Best deal anywhere, bottomless tureen of homemade soup and salad and classic friench fare. They sometimes have punk shows too.
Troy Burgers #8 -4738 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 259-8060-chili cheese fries, chili pastrami fries!
The Vex Arts-5240 Alhambra Ave Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 221-0971-all ages venue
HM157-3110 N. Broadway Avenue, Lincoln Heights, CA 90031
Resident DTLA-428 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Artsy/Indie/Punk rock shows are at the Smell.
Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, reservations: 323.852.1073
Spaceland-1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Silverlake CA. In the Silverlake area of LA, this is where all the cool bands play. Check out FONDA.
Cafe Fais Do-Do-5257 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 (323) 954-8080
Troubadour-9081 Santa Monica Blvd. @ Doheny • 310.276.6168
Key Club-9039 Sunset Blvd.
14 Below-1348 14th Street, corner of Santa Monica. 310-451-5040-recent acts here include Dave Wakeling and the Zen Tricksters.
The ECHO and Echoplex -Echo park club–1154 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 413-8200
The Garage-4519 Santa Monica Blvd at Virgil. 323-662-6802-Punk rock haven.
The Gig-2 venues around town with local acts.
Hully Gully-9559 imperial hwy.downey, ca (los angeles)714.396.6314
The Roxy-9009 Sunset blvd-all ages
Silverlake Lounge-2906 Sunset Blvd at the intersection of Sunset and Parkman Ave
Spike’s & Billiard Bars -7813 Garvey Ave Rosemead, CA 91770 Lots of great shows including cramps tributes and good punk stuff.
The Viper Room-yep, that viper room.-8852 Sunset Blvd.
Whiskey A go go-8901 Sunset Blvd.
The Ackerman Grand Ballroom of UCLA host some touring acts.
The Wiltern Theater and El Rey Theatres have larger acts.
Way out in the area known as Upland, The Wire-247 N 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
Anaheim Live Music-
Chain Reaction -1652 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA (714) 635-6067 all ages
Santa Ana area-Koo’s Cafe-non profit arts center/all ages band venue/coffeeshop. Lots of great shows here.
Gnar Burger Records -3436 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (323) 686-4012-Brick and mortar spot for Gnar Tapes and burger records. In stores a lot.
Fingerprints-420 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 433-4996 Lots of live instores too
Rhino Records, 1720 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Amoeba Records-the great SF indie store comes to LA. 6400 Sunset Blvd.-323-245-6400
Permanent Records -5116 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 739-6141
LA Suburb Record Stores-
Bionic Records-420 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 433-4996
Mad Platter-1223 University Ave, Riverside
Salzers Music-5777 Valentine Road-Ventura
Keep your eyes peeled for the Girls Guitar Club, kind of like a Tenacious D thing.
For Dance Clubs, check Club Planet for guestlist info.
Dance Club Links-Double check dance clubs, they go out of style of business quickly
Club Cherry-Friday nights at Vinyl-1650 Schrader
ELECTRICK 2500 Riverside Dr. in Silverlake 323-993-6075
Sinamatic-Saturdays at Club 7969-7969 Santa Monica Blvd.
The Los Angeles Cacophony Society puts on unusual events that are frequently open to the public.
Cinespace is a bar and screening room with food. 323.817.FILM
6356 HOLLYWOOD BLVD., 2ND LEVEL, HOLLYWOOD, CA, 90028
Area Amusement Parks
Disneyland-1313 Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA (714) 999-4565-I know its obvious, but this park has a retro feel that its sister parks don’t have. There is the very trippy Alice in Wonderland ride as well as the great Matterhorn, which doesn’t get the credit it deserves as the fantastic coaster that it is. It’s the first steel tracked coaster ever. Located right next door is Disney’s California Adventure, a park aimed at families with older children.
Knott’s Berry Farm-8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA (714) 220-5200
Legoland-Carlsbad, California (760) 918-5346-If only it were like the Simpsons episode.
Pacific Park-380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA (310) 260-8744
Scandia Fun Center-1155 South Wanamaker Avenue, Ontario, CA (909) 390-3092-35 miles east of LA. Has one big and one small coaster.
Six Flags Magic Mountain-26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA (661) 255-4100-Depending on who you ask, this park may have the most rollercoasters ANYWHERE.
The old and newly discovered hotspot. Sort of an East Village of LA. (though Chung King Road in Chinatown is also coming up). In addition to Spaceland and Garage music clubs you will find:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery- 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)663-0122-Hip gallery/store with one of the wildest show opening parties each month.
The Dresden-1760 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles (323) 665-4294-Martini lounge featured in Swingers.
Y-que Trading Post-1770 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles (323) 664-0021-one of those wierd gift shops.
Good Luck Bar-1514 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles (323) 666-3524-Dive bar designed to look like a bad chinese restaurant.
Tiki Ti-4427 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles (323) 669-9381-The place to be. Exactly what it sounds like. Tiny.
Smog Cutter-864 N Virgil Ave Los Angeles (323) 660-4626-Loud Karaoke bar.
Millie’s-3524 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles (323) 664-0404-Messy and spicy homestyle food.
Netty’s-1700 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles (323) 662-8655-more good eats in a former plant store.
Back Door -1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles (323)662-7927-homemade ding dongs.
Mama Cozzas-2170 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804(714) 635-0063-45 year old red sauce italian joint near Disneyland. Featured on triple d
Burbank, CA (Greater LA)
Eats-Chili John’s – 2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506 -Sunday Closed, Daily 11AM–7PM (818) 846-3611 Awesome awesome awesome chili parlor related to the one in Green bay in a classic old roadside building.
Smoke House Restaurant -4420 Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
Hours: Open today · Vintage dark wood steakhouse since 1946 with “the worlds greatest garlic bread” (818) 845-3731
Larry’s Chili Dog -Patio chili dogs, great neon sign- 3122 Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 842-0244 Closed Sunday, most days only open til 5 pm
Safari Inn – 1911 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506 (818) 845-8586-Revamped vintage hotel with cool sign. 140 per night.
The Tangerine Hotel : 3901 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 843-1121-Modern rooms in a retro hotel. 180 per night
BACKPACKERS PARADISE HOSTEL- 4200 West Century Blvd. Inglewood, Ca. 90304-As of 2017 rooms in dorm 20 per night or private room 80 and up.
City of Industry, CA
Frisco’s Carhop Diner ?-1950s-style joint with roller skating carhops 18065 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748 (626) 913-3663
Costa Mesa, CA (near Long Beach and LA)
Detroit Bar-843 w. 19th street, Costa Mesa CA 92627 Recent bands that have played here are the hold steady and Persephones Bees
Fullerton, CA (Near Aneheim)Record Store/Label-
BURGER RECORDS-645a S. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831 • PHONE: 714-447-4280 • Open 11am to 9pm everyday. FULLERTON, CA. burgerrecords.com
Venue-The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen-122 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832 (714) 871-2233 Mostly Tribute acts but occasionally someone great comes through
Glendora, CA (Greater LA)
The Donut Man– 24 hour donut shop seasonal toppings like strawberries & peaches.
Address: 915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740(626) 335-9111
The Golden Spur – 1223 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740 (626) 963-9302-Classic vintage steakhouse with great neon boot sign.
Continental Gourmet Sausage Co ?-Old-school European grocery featuring housemade German sausages & specialty meats. 6406 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201 (818) 502-1447
La Puente, CA (Greater LA)
The Donut Hole -landmark shaped like two giant donuts through which customers drive through 15300 Amar Rd, La Puente, CA 91744 (626) 968-2912
Troy’s Burgers-10 -720 N Hacienda Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744 (626) 330-3659
Mission Hills, CA
The Bear Pit Bar-B-Que-10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345 (818) 365-2500-Vintage charming KC style BBQ
Observatory-3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA. 714.957.0600
Brents Deli-19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA – (818) 886-5679 Authentic NY style deli. Corned beef specialty
Eats-Robin Rose Ice Cream and Traffic School-unique flavors: rose petal, rasberry truffle chocolate, bailey’s cream- 215 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90293, (310) 399-1774
Baby Blues BBQ • 444 Lincoln Bl. Venice CA 90291, 310 396-7675
Hinano Café-Burgers in a retro cool beach bar- 15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292 (310) 822-3902
Townhouse fka The Del Monte Speakeasy ?-Classic cocktails , jazz and burlesque in a dark, 1915 house. 52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (310) 392-4040
Fountain Valley, CA
Paul’s Coffee Shop – 16947 Bushard St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 965-3643 Food served mess hall style on metal plates. Famous for SOS and pork steak.
Eats-Jay Bees BBQ– 15911 Avalon Blvd, Gardena Ca. Closed Sunday. 310-532-1064. BBQ in CA from a relative of the Famous Neelys of Mempis’ interstate bbq.
Santa Monica, CA
Eats-Fathers Office, 1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 736-222-restaurant/bar featuring the office burger, voted best burger in ameria by the today show, on an oblong roll with two kinds of cheese, carmelized bacon and onions and fancy greens.
Long Beach, CA
Venue-Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St. (Next to the Auto Zone, entrance in the back) Long Beach, CA 90804 562-434-8292 Pasadena
Pike Restaurant & Bar -1836 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-4453-If you have one stop in Long Beach it should definitely be Chris Reese of Social Distortion’s joint
The Artists Inn and Cottage-1038 Magnolia Street, South Pasadena, CA 626-799-5668. In the 100-200 dollar a night range but they have suites decorated in the style of different artists like Van Gogh and Picasso
Yujean Kang-67 North Raymond Avenue near Colorado, Pasadena, 626-585-0855-Said to be one of the best chinese spots in all of LA.
Pie n’ Burger-913 East California Blvd. 626-795-1123-Just what it sounds like, diner with pies and burgers.
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery-401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA – (760) 325-1199
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 327-8311 Not outrageously priced.
This place is a total tourist trap, a faux danish town that was supposedly started as a utopia. But it is so strange and touristy, I highly recommended stopping here. While here, visit the Solvang Restaurant and try one of their Aebleskivers, which is basically a pancake, but in ball form. There are tons of varieties
The San Franciscan-Vintage old school prime rib and martini joint.2520 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 325-5231
Visalia, CA (halfway bet LA and SF)
Cellar Door-101 West Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291
Yucca Valley, CA
Sweet Spot-7124 Mohawk Trail
Yucca Valley, California, CA 92284
56249 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 Diner CLassics but all the chili dishes are the bomb. Chili cheese burger, chorizo breakfast burritos.